§ 108. Brigadier Rayner
asked the Minister of Food what interval elapsed between the refusal sand the permission of his Department to allow the export of plums from this country; why his Department was unaware that the plum crop would be heavy and failed to anticipate the export possibility; and why the permission was withheld until it was too late to avoid financial losses.
§ Mr. Strachey
My Department has not refused to support applications for licences to export home-grown plums this season provided they were cooking varieties and were not sent in containers needed for the home market. We were fully aware of the likelihood of a heavy crop and took steps early in July to facilitate exports.